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David Lam will lead U-M Institute for Social Research

June 19th, 2015

David A. Lam, one of the world’s leading scholars in economic demography, is the new director of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Lam currently is the chair of the Department of Economics and a professor of economics…

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Biological process linked to early aging, death among poor in Detroit

June 10th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The stress of living in extreme poverty causes early onset of age-related diseases and takes years off the lives of many of the urban poor—evidence at the cellular level now shows, according to a University of Michigan-led study. A…

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Strokes steal 8 years’ worth of brain function, new study suggests

June 8th, 2015

Effect is similar for older blacks & whites, U-M and VA team finds ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Having a stroke ages a person’s brain function by almost eight years, new research finds – robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured…

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Favorable spending outlook for 2015 despite May decline in consumer optimism

May 29th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer optimism retreated in May as consumers adopted more modest prospects for a rebound following the economy’s dismal 1st quarter performance, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research…

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Team Science: New report shows how to support collaborative research

May 26th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—As the number of authors on scientific publications grows, so does the realization that most research is a team effort. Now two University of Michigan researchers have contributed to a new report from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that…

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Tight family budget may lessen impact of food commercials on children

May 11th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Young children in households with no financial restraints may be at risk for poor eating habits by watching television commercials about fast food, sugary drinks and salty snacks. A new University of Michigan study found that when family resources…

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Premature deaths of black Americans alter politics, health care

May 4th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—If a million black Americans who died prematurely had been alive to vote in the 2004 elections, the outcome in several key races would have been very different, a researcher at the University of Michigan and colleagues found. In…

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Consumer optimism rises in April, spending outlook remains favorable for 2015

May 1st, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer optimism rose in April of 2015 to its second highest level since 2007—only below the January 2015 level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since…

Tom Paskus and Lydia Bell of the NCAA talk with ISR's Maggie Levenstein. Photo by Michael McIntyre/ISR.

Well-being of student athletes: Symposium attracts broad interest

April 27th, 2015

How many college athletes actually make it into the pros? How many think they will? Does participating in competitive sports protect from high-school and college substance use, or does it lead to increased use? Does the type of sport matter?…

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Leaders who can read the crowd do better

April 22nd, 2015

Ann Arbor—Performers call it “reading the crowd” or “sizing up the audience.” However you put it, new research from University of Michigan professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks shows this skill, which he calls emotional aperture, isn’t just important for performers. It can…

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